How to access and play Roach Race in Cyberpunk 2077

This guide will explain how you can access and play the Roach Race minigame available in Cyberpunk 2077 Update 1.6 and on mobile!

CD Projekt Red released Cyberpunk 2077 patch 1.6 on September 6, 2022. It is the final main content for next-gen consoles (current-gen consoles and PC only as of now). It brought amazing new features like the ability to change V’s outfits through the costume system, new side quests, and tons of quality of life updates and bug fixes.

What is the cockroach race?

Roach Race is a minigame available in the Cyberpunk 2077 video game, as well as a standalone mobile game. It is a side-scrolling platform game developed in collaboration with Crunching Koalas.

It allows you to control Roach, the legendary horse of the warlock Geralt. You have to jump over obstacles and avoid being hit by enemies while collecting bonus items to increase your personal score.

Geralt with Roach in The Witcher 3
A screenshot from The Witcher 3 showing protagonist Geralt the Witcher with his trusty horse Roach.

How to get Roach Race on your mobile device

This title is also released as a standalone game for mobile devices. It does not feature any microtransactions. It is completely free to download on your Android and/or Apple phone or tablet.

You can download the mobile version for Android and iOS. Your high scores in the game and mobile versions are separate.

Cockroach Race on Google Play Store

How to access Roach Race in Cyberpunk 2077

In Cyberpunk 2077 Roach Race is a minigame that you can access from various locations. One of the easiest locations is probably the apartment at V’s Northside, Japantown, and The Glen. If you need help, check out my guide on how to access V’s apartments.

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Below, I’ve shared an image of the console machine in V’s Northside apartment.

Roach Race Arcade Machine at Northside Apartment in Night City

They look the same, no matter where you find them. Here are some at the BD Shack in Watson, Kabuki:

Roach Race Arcade Machines in Night City

How to play Roach Race in Cyberpunk 2077

To start Roach Race, approach the arcade machine and click on the corresponding shortcut button to start playing. On PC, the default value is “F”.

The game even has a story attached to it. Roach, being the typical buggy horse we know from The Witcher 3, lands on the roof of a farm building, then jumps to the ground and runs off. Geralt runs after her, trying to catch her and stop her.

The gameplay of the Roach Race minigame in Cyberpunk 2077 is extremely easy and a lot of fun. You control the horse Roach by pressing a designated button to jump or double jump.

How to Control Roach in Roach Race

Your objective is to guide Roach through as many obstacles and environments as possible, avoiding griffins, ravens and other enemy NPCs, jumping fences and holes in the ground, etc.

Griffin in cockroach race

You can also collect bonus points by collecting certain items you find. Often these items will be hard to come by.

cockroach race game

When Roach eats a carrot, the horse runs faster for a short time in this “special mode”:

You only have one try. If you fall into a hole in the ground, get caught by an enemy NPC, or fail to jump over a fence or other obstacle, Roach will trip and stop. At this point, Geralt catches up with the horse and it’s game over for you.

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Cockroach Race Endgame

The game offers a leaderboard, of course. It will take “a few tries” to try to get the best scores, most likely :)))

Roach Racing Leaderboards

Shortly after finishing his first run, V receives a message in Cyberpunk 2077 from “CDP Arcades”:

V receives a message from CDP Arcades in Cyberpunk 2077 after playing Roach Race

Roach Easter Eggs in Cyberpunk 2077

If you’re not a fan of The Witcher 3, you might not enjoy the few easter eggs CD Projekt Red has placed in Cyberpunk 2077 involving Geralt’s crazy horse.

Roach was known to have trouble with her (yes, she’s a mare in warlock canon) finding paths often. That’s why Roach Race begins with Roach falling on top of a farm building.

Roach Race begins with Roach sitting on top of a roof

The next second, Roach drops to the ground in one of his most iconic buggy poses: hind legs in the air, as if preparing to kick someone.

Cockroach on the front legs

This is a popular image that CD Projekt Red turned into a Gwent card in their standalone card game.

Gwent cockroach card

Another famous easter egg is the Roach decal on one of the cars V can drive in Night City: HELLA EC-D 1360 (V’s first car). You can see the Roach decal on the right rear of the vehicle.

Cockroach sticker on V's car in Cyberpunk 2077

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